London

BT Tower, London

To me the BT Tower will always be the Post Office Tower, mainly because an uncle took myself, and my younger brother up in the lift to the top, in 1966 just after it opened in October 1965.  This really was quite scary, the lift went from the top to the bottom and then bounced back up two levels and then back down with a thud…….have never felt the same about lifts since.  But I have always thought it was an amazing building, and still is.   There is to me, something very space like about it, like a rocket about to take off. 

I took some photos in 2016 and forgot about them, but while sorting I have just come across them, and thought that I would look a little into the history.  The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, was opened to the public in 1966, despite construction having been completed in July 1964.

The British Telecom Communication Tower in London’s West End was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

Costing £2 million to construct, the 189m (620ft) cylindrical tall tower is made from 13,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and glass, and at the time of opening was the tallest building in London. It’s shape was designed to reduce wind resistance and gave it stability and style.

Inverness Castle, Scotland

We visited Inverness, which is on the east coast of Scotland, just before Christmas 2016, and again at the start of  March 2017, unfortunately on each trip, we were unable to stop in the centre of the city….. we had run out of time on both occasion.  I could only managed to get a few photos from the car window.  Also the visits were late in the afternoon and the light was fading.  To top it all, the castle had scaffolding around one of the towers, but then I noticed, very small people looking out over the city.  I want to keep a record of the scaffolding, as we will be visiting again, and although the castle is not open, the castle grounds and gardens are.  I would like to go back in the sunshine and take some more photos.  Inverness is growing at a great rate of knots and soon will become another large Scottish city.  So I would like to try to collect some little bits of Inverness, before they all vanish.

A little history ………The sandstone Inverness Castle, was built in 1836 to plans drawn by architect William Burn.  It was constructed on a mound overlooking the city and the River Ness.  In 1848, a building known as the North Block was added and served as a prison.  But a castle had occupied the site from possibly as far back as the 11th Century.  Over the centuries, the fortification fell under the control of the forces of Edward I, Robert the Bruce and James I, II and IV.  In 1562, it was attacked and damaged by soldiers loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots, before it was almost destroyed by Royalist troops in the 1600s.
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces blew the castle up in 1746 to prevent it from falling into the hands of government troops.  It was said that a French sergeant, who had brought his poodle with him to Scotland, set off the explosives.  The soldier was caught in the blast, and his body was blown across to the opposite side of the River Ness, his dog survived.  Today the castle houses Inverness Sheriff Court. The Drum Tower houses an exhibition of castle history and is open daily in the summer season. The castle itself is not open to the public.

London Rain

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London in the rain, March 2016.  The Fens, August 2016 and more rain, tonight we had a down pour that within minutes flooded the front garden, now, you would be hard put to believe the we had any rain at all, hot and humid again, maybe a little fresher 🙂

Aquarium Magic – London, UK

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As I have posted a photo of the Aquarium in Boston, America, I thought it only right I should post one photo of London’s Aquarium.  I thought Boston’s Aquarium difficult to take photos, London is even worse, so dark and so many people.  So this photo is a little bit of magic, as all the rest came out with a bit of a blur.  I like the colour of this one and the fact that you tell they are fish 🙂

The Islander Touring Train, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

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I just need to post this, its a very rare photo……its the only train we saw on our trip to the States last year 2015.  I think it only runs a couple of days a week and for special occasions, in Newport, Rhode Island ….. well it wasn’t going anywhere when we passed by in the car, but at least I have a photo 🙂

June 2015

Misty Thames

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This is the River Thames Christmas 2012, it was freezing cold, wet and not very festive.  It was very misty with the rain pouring down, and took me right back as a child to London in the smog, when sometimes you could hardly see the person in front of you.